The nests of this species were found under stones in grasslands and in soil covered with scarce to dense vegetation. Nest temperature and humidity ranged from 24.4-28°C and 45% to 90%, respectively. Large colonies contained more than 200 workers. Alates of this species occasionally appear as late as in September in Northeast Himalaya. The altitudinal range for this species is 1300m to 3700m above mean sea level. (Bharti et al., 2016)
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - A member of the rugosa complex of the rugosa species group that most resembles Myrmica aimonissabaudiae, differing from the latter by its multidentate mandibles that have more than 10 small teeth.
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This species lives at altitudes between 1300 and 3700 meters. Its ecology is unknown.
Queen, males and workers are known.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- hecate. Myrmica smythiesi subsp. hecate Weber, 1947: 461 (w.) INDIA. Radchenko & Elmes, 2002: 42 (q.m.). Raised to species: Radchenko & Elmes, 2001a: 250. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 144.
- Lectotype (designated by Radchenko & Elmes, 2001): worker: “India, Himalaya, Darjeeling, Botanical gardens, 6900 ft, 7.viii.09, No.8609-19, Pavia” (MCZ).
- Paralectotype (designated by Radchenko & Elmes, 2001): worker (damaged, without postpetiole and gaster), “Darjeeling, 6000 ft, 24.x.1909. No.8607-19, Brunetti” (MCZ).
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Described from two workers with the Indian museum labels “sweepings in grass and low herbage, Brunetti, Darjiling, 6,000 feet, 24.1X.08, No. 8607-19” and “Botanical gardens, Darjiling, 6,900 feet, 7.viii.09, C. Pavia, No. 8609-19”. (Harvard).
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - named for Hecate, the Greek goddess of sorcery and witchcraft.
- Bharti, H., Sasi, S., Radchenko, A. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63, 956-975 (DOI 10.13102/sociobiology.v63i3.1145).
- Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G.W. 2001b. A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Entomol. Basil. 23: 237-276 (page 250, Raised to species)
- Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 2002. First descriptions of the sexual forms of seven Himalayan Myrmica species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestn. Zool. 36(5): 35-46 (page 42, queen, male described)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
- Weber, N. A. 1947b. A revision of the North American ants of the genus Myrmica Latreille with a synopsis of the Palearctic species. I. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 40: 437-474 PDF (page 461, worker described)